Into The Forest by Jean Hegland

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Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.

Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society's fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other.

Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale, Into the Forest is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking novel of hope and despair set in a frighteningly plausible near-future America.

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About Jean Hegland

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Jean Hegland lives in northern California with her husband and three children. Windfalls is her second novel.
Published December 18, 2009 by The Dial Press. 241 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Brisk, feminist, contemplative first novel about the end of contemporary civilization and the survival of two sisters.

Jul 01 1996 | Read Full Review of Into The Forest

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Hegland's powerfully imagined first novel will make readers thankful for telephones and CD players while it underscores the vulnerability of lives dependent on technology. The tale is set in the near

Jun 03 1996 | Read Full Review of Into The Forest

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Eating a hot dog starts with ""the pillowy give of the bun,"" and the winter rains are ""great silver needles stitching the dull sky to the sodden earth."" If sometimes the lyricism goes a little too far, this is still a truly admirable addition to a genre defined by the very high standards of Ge...

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